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Windows 7: Please Help Me Understand the Partitions on My Hard-Drive

06 Dec 2011   #21

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Thanks peGGi. Any further problems and you know where we are.

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06 Dec 2011   #22

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Ditto. We're happy when you're happy.
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14 Jan 2012   #23

Window 7 Home 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
In principle that is possible. You must, however, also delete the D: partition so that you get a contiguous unallocated space. If you have stuff on D:, save it first.

Question though - why do you want that many partitions. Usually you are better off with one big partition which you subdivide into folders. That is more flexible.
I just wanted to understand the benefits of a single large partition. I also have the similar configuration and want to have a separate partition other then the window7 partition for storing my data. This is because in past i realized that partition containing the OS is more prone to viruses/trogens etc.. and needs to be formatted in one or two years. OR do you have some other technique by which formatting of the OS partition can be prevented.
Many thanks in advance.
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14 Jan 2012   #24
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Save a Windows 7 backup image of your install when it's running best: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Then if Windows 7 ever becomes irreparable you can reimage the HD or its replacement in 20 minutes using the backed up image. System Image Recovery

A benefit of having a separate data partition is that it makes this image smaller, and that if you need to reimage you have the data waiting in its own separate partition and ready when you reimage just the OS/Programs partition.

Partition or Volume - Shrink
Partition or Volume - Create New
User Folders - Change Default Location
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